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It’s a special Rage Index this month. If you believe the hysteria, the future of Our Great Nation was at stake last Thursday.

Normal news coverage ground to a halt. The mini-tornado that swept through Victoria, the National Apology for forced adoption and the entirety of the rest of the world were swept aside as Australia contemplated its imminent death.  

ABC news dedicated both its news broadcast and the 7:30 Report to the death of democracy, relegating the Apology and other insignificant bits and pieces to the last few minutes of their show. The rest of the networks basically followed suit.

 

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84 Comments

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    The Huntress

    Nice one, as always, Corinne. As an adoptee for who the national apology actually has significance, I was startled that so many hurting people were pushed aside for the day. I was all ready to follow the media for the day, to read the stories so similar to mine, to not feel quite so alone and to finally receive some acknowledgement that what happened was not right.

    I was saddened that we were shoved aside, again, for a non-event. We’ve been made to feel unimportant all our lives. And it happened again.

    What made me think that it would be any different? Stoopid me.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Ziggy

    The worst part of this day was Tony Abbott’s insensitive speech – this of course was not highlighted in the media. What disrespect he showed. He and his team don’t have enough respect people to do their research to avoid offending people. This isn’t the first time they haven’t researched an issue throughly – it is frightening to think what else he will say and do when he becomes PM there will be no stopping him. The Labor men should be so ashamed of themselves.

    The issue of forced adoption got so little coverage that some of my friends thought it was about the Aboriginal stolen generation again!

    • Reply March 26, 2013

      Dasha

      I lost my sympathy to the course of forced adoption apology when small group of people started heckling Tony Abbott.

      It is political correctiness to a insane level. Birth parent or adoptive parent are just terms in this very specific context.

      Mind you the term of birth parent has been used in left- leaning media outlet such as Fairfax paper many times without any criticism.
      So I suspect that the whole thing was a Labor’s beat up against Abbott.

      A desperate prime minister, a desperate government.

      • Reply March 26, 2013

        BB

        What are you talking about??? I don’t really know where to start with this.

      • Reply March 26, 2013

        Jane

        Tony Abbott’s use of the term ‘birth parent’ clearly demonstrated that he hadn’t read the report from the Senate inquiry into forced adoption (complete with it’s warning against use of this term on the front page), refused a briefing about the Senate inquiry findings and not spoken with advocacy groups or forced adoptees calling for a national apology. All this from the man who wants to run the country….

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Liam O'Neill

    Love it Corinne. And now for a random Elvis impersonation “‘an don’t you, step on my middle class welfare, well you can do anything but lay off a my middle class welfare’. Uh huh thangyouverymmuch.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    bigwords

    “We nearly handed over the country to two blokes who don’t know how to text message properly. And Gillard’s the dumb one…”

    Brilliant. Take a bow Corrine Grant.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    debbiep

    Corrine, seriously you need a RAGE INDEX political analysis show on TV .

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    linda

    Nice work Corrinne.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Jasmine

    Well said, Corinne!! I hope Marg reads this to Tiny as a bedtime story…

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    NarelleM

    Corrine, Corrine, Corrine, bloody brilliant take on the whole crazy episode. You really nailed each of the players in this silly little side game.

    Morning coffee went everywhere here as I read that gem “we nearly handed over the country to two blokes who don’t know how to text message properly. And Gilliard’s the dumb one?” That was brilliant Corrine, however sadly spot on the money!

    Thanks Corrine for sorting this whole silly saga out for the Press Gallery. This article should be posted on all news sites as well as pages of all the players involved with last Thursdays shenanigans.

    P.S. The Hoopla should appoint you Political Correspondent, there is no spin from you, just the facts as we all see them!

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Rob Luxford

    Brendan Nelson stuffed up the stolen generation apology, had people turning their backs and primary schools across the nation switching off. And then Tony gets this one wrong. What is it with this crew that they can’t manage a simple bit of empathy?

    As far as the FOUR YEARS of leadership speculation goes, they got what they were after and surprise surprise there was NOTHING there. Now calm the hell down!!

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Rob Luxford

    PS: What is the purpose of having a society if it is not for the good of is constituents?

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Sandy

    Hilariously depressing. Now let’s get back to those all important hourly news polls. Pfoofer valve engorged and ready to explode.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Rob Luxford

    I think the Labor Party should have a leadership “spill” every week, but on a different day just to keep it lively.

    I reckon you’d see embollic implosions in the press gallery each week. Oh the fun we’d have!

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Daria

    Corrine you gave me my first laugh of the day, keep it up, that was a bloody brillant statement “we nearly handed over etc”, have you thought of becoming a pollie? or maybe JG should consider you as an advisor?

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Sly Place

    Nailed it again Corinne. If you ever run for high office you’ve got my vote.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    JoanneH

    Thanks Corinne, you have cheered me up a bit after the dreadful Newspoll figures.

    I nearly burst a blood vessel last night watching the 7.30 Report. Julia gave a strong performance, but Leigh Sales seemed determined to make her look weak, and hopeless, and get a ‘gotcha’ moment.
    After rattling off a long ‘shopping list’ of Julia’s failures, she only let her reply to a couple before she interrupted in an inpatient rapid-fire manner, demanding the PM answer THE question – about her failures, and then kept talking over her. It was so obvious she even apologised at one stage.
    Any one would have thought Julia caused all fiasco last Thursday.

    The person who should have been there, getting done over, and having to apologise was Kevin Rudd!

    Leigh has invited Tony onto the program; wonder if he’s brave enough after his last bout with her, and will she be as tough on him again? or will it be the ABC’s attitude lately, and a warm greeting of “Mr Abbott, now that you are so far ahead in the polls, what style of furnishings has Margie picked for Kirribilli House?”

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Teddy Sea

    Well said Corinne. It seems that young women, like yourself, can really see what is going on. That bodes well for Aus. Keep it up!

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Heather

    Oh god I love you Corinne. Clearest viewpoint in Australia with a touch of humour thrown in.

    I was absolutely spitting mad that a bunch of treacherous dogs could ruin the Prime Minister’s genuine and heartfelt apology and overshadow this profound event in Australia’s history.

    And as for their continual self-indulgent undermining of their own party – I am speechless.

    • Reply March 26, 2013

      MazT

      Ditto Heather, every word.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Kris

    I always love a good reminder to calm down. Very well put Corinne, as always.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Christopher

    Love it Corinne. But I find it hard to laugh at even a light-hearted article because the reality of what’s going on in this country at the moment is quite distressing. I have never taken much interest in politics in the past and have never been aligned to any party but the behaviour of Abbott / LNP and the complicit mainstream media outlets have lit a fire in me.
    I cannot believe the venom and hatred people express towards Gillard, but what is even more frustrating is when you probe the reasons why, they are invariably founded in either:
    a) ignorance of our current positive economic reality and a belief in Abbott/Hockey claims that we are all ruined
    b) a simplistic belief that she is some Machiavellian, treacherous woman who single handedly overthrew Rudd
    c) an opinion founded on sexism that she is just not likeable…… And then the words that come out are “bitch”, “out of touch” and “power hungry.”
    d) that she “lied” about the carbon tax, which just feeds into either A, B or C.

    Then, when you ask how they feel about the positive things the govt has achieved, you get blank stares, because either they have closed their minds to anything positive, having already decided one of the above, or they just can’t detect anything positive through the hysterical negative noise their chosen MSM outlet feeds them.

    Even more infuriating is an apparent lack of concern about the behaviours of Abbott and the LNP.
    How can people not care that they deliberately talk down our economy, in the hope of damaging it?!?! That they are quite happy to inflict doubt and damage and cost people their jobs in the interest of their own ambitions?

    How can people not care that multiple LNP senior figures were involved in a blatant abuse of the courts in trying to bring down Peter Slipper and the Govt? (And at the same time not care that a newspaper can photoshop Slipper into a rat on their front page based on allegations and then ignore the findings that vindicated him?)

    How can people not care about Abbott showing his deceptiveness, ignorance and insensitivity over and over again (his terrible speech for the Forced Adoption apology, ditch the witch rallies, BHP/Leigh Sales interview, bogus electricity bills in parliament, his abusive rants towards the PM in parliament, lies about the NBN, Carbon price, AWU non-scandal, MRRT, refusal to appear on programs that don’t pander to him etc etc etc)

    How can people not care that Abbott has struck deals with Murdoch and Reinhart to subvert the democratic process of an entire country? How can people be satisfied to be fed the bias so blatant in the over 80% of “news”papers owned or influenced by these 2 with their profit focussed vested interests? And how can they support a man who places these vested interests of the super rich minority over and above benefits for the majority??

    And on and on I could go. Do these comments have a word limit? :-)
    But don’t just take my word for any of it. Please, for the sake of the country, just take an hour or 2 between now and the election to google sources beyond the clutches of Murdoch! Read an article that challenges your beliefs rather than just confirms them. Educate yourself on more than one side of the issues at hand so that you are making an informed choice! This is too important to just let yourself be led by the nose!

    And while you’re at it, if you can find a genuine reason to vote in favour of Abbott becoming PM be sure to let me know, because I can’t find a single one!

    • Reply March 26, 2013

      Robyn

      Christopher, what you have said is EXACTLY what I think and have been considering making into some kind of essay to put on Facebook. I would love to borrow your words but I won’t since I don’t have your permission and I’m not sure that anyone except the people who already agree with me would listen apropos of your A, B, and C. However you have expressed this extremely well, so I thankyou.

    • Reply March 26, 2013

      ann vick

      Absolutely Bravo Christopher. You nailed it. Great comments. And absolutely inspired by Corrine. Thanks for taking the time to write. Makes me feel better to know some other people not only see what I see … but can articulate it so well.

    • Reply March 26, 2013

      JoanneH

      Christopher, If only all the people mindlessly chanting “Juliar”, and “Labor causing Australia to go down the tube” etc. could read what you have written.

      If only there was a newspaper honest and gutsy enough to publish those FACTS!

    • Reply March 26, 2013

      debbiep

      Hear hear Christopher also!

    • Reply March 26, 2013

      BB

      Well said Christopher! My thoughts exactly.

    • Reply March 26, 2013

      Rosie

      Christopher: We need to hear your articulate comments on a regular basis. It sounds as though you are disgusted at the level of hate which has developed in this great country over the past few years, from around the time Abbott became leader of the Opposition.

    • Reply March 27, 2013

      Gail Comport

      Wow Christopher I couldn’t say it better myself. You nailed it

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Melissa

    Thank you Corinne for nailing the whole ludicrous episode so perfectly. It was a disgrace how the PM’s beautiful apology and recognition for all the pain and suffering of people affected by forced adoptions was just blasted away by a group of disorganised, disloyal, ego driven, selfish morons.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    giddeygirl

    Hey, you left out Bowen. Theory: he was the middleman between Crean and Rudd. He intercepted the text from Rudd to Crean, so Crean embarassed himself and Rudd preserved his sanctity and holier than thou status unbesmirched. Bowen is then able to resign to rebuild his own reputation after the refugee issue had trashed it, due to nasty Julia giving him an impossible task (none of her friends would touch it).

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Annie Also

    In actuality the only thing that happened was an amazing important apology to a forgotten wrong.
    The rest was ‘sound and fury signifying nothing’…coz it was a beat up by the MSM.
    The events (internally) that happened within Labor Party was NOT treason, or illegal, or immoral or anything. It was how the party works. Julia tried it on and it worked for her, some others were trying it on and failed and stepped aside. FULL STOP. This is how the Labor party works and in the past it used to be done internally, and within walls…NOTHING happened that was unusual..except the MSM were hell bent on not being left behind ( as they were when Julia took the option of removing a sitting leader all those years ago).
    Nothing happened…those in the Rudd ‘camp’ gave it their best shot and lost and moved aside.
    Those in the Gillard camp stood firm and are still there.
    What on earth is the problem?
    A leaders leadership SHOULD be tested from time to time in a democratic party..that is healthy.
    The only ONLY problem was the MSM, their reaction, their reporting, their expectations, their hunger for 24 hour news, their need for ‘good guy/bad guy’…coz it sells.

    See?
    Nothing is wrong ..no need to demonise Crean, Ferguson, Rudd or any Labor party member..when you do you weaken the whole party. No need to ‘shore up’ Julia…She can do that well enough and it is not because she is a woman that this happened or that she prevailed, it was because she had the backing of the majority…democracy anyone? See?
    Don’t fret, don’t be angry…just aim missives at Abbott…HE is the problem ( along with the MSM).
    Hold fast and support ALL Labor MP coz they got elected by their electorate…They are not YOURS (Unless you live in their seat) to condemn…OK? Feel better? NO? Then you are part of the problem now..unless we all just get on with it.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    xiaoecho

    Bravo! Christopher

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Wolfie Rankin

    “Our Great Nation” ™ ;)

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    iggy648

    Old White Male Syndrome.
    I posted this once before:
    ”Casual observation: Australia’s nastiest shock jocks are old white males. So are the most bigoted journalists, and one revolting cartoonist. So are most of the owners of the most biased newspapers, TV and radio stations. So are most of the Coalition shadow cabinet. The good news is, in 20 years or so, we can expect sudden reduction in the average level of spite in Australia. The bad news is, I’m an old white male! I might not be around to enjoy it!”
    This was meant to be humorous. It actually dawned on me when someone responded to a post of mine with: “If … offends you, find a Bex, have another chardonnay and go have a lie down”. Which reminded me that in the past, that’s much like what men used to say to their “womenfolk” – “Keep quiet, have another drink, and don’t concern yourself.Leave the thinking to me.” I’ve had a bit of time to reflect on why there is such a level of spite and vitriol leveled at the PM. These are my thoughts. Consider:
    When these old white guys were kids, dad ruled the home totally. If the kids or mum got out of line, a clip around the earhole would quickly set things straight. If dad wanted sex, he could just claim his “conjugal rights”. So our young white guy growing up in this environment is thinking “OK, I have to put up with the old man for a few more years, but when I leave home and start a family, I’ll get my chance to rule the household, just like he does.” Also remember, when these guys were young, the only way to get a reliable supply of sex was to get married. The pill didn’t come to Australia until 1961, and even then it was only available to married women.
    Now we arrive at today. Our old white guy finds that even though he may earn more money than his wife, he doesn’t rule the household like his father and grandfather used to do. “Clips around the earhole” are now illegal and likely to result in an AVO. Women’s lib and equal rights mean he doesn’t have “conjugal rights” any more. So now it’s the woman in the marriage who decides how often sex occurs, (if it occurs at all). Then he looks around, and sees that these days, kids as young as 14 are getting all the sex they want. So he has missed out all the way along.
    He doesn’t even get the respect that he thinks he deserves from the wisdom he has acquired with age, since even his grandchildren can find out more and better information than he can provide, and more quickly, via Google.
    But at least old white guys still run the country, don’t they? So the wisdom of old white guys still counts for something, doesn’t it?
    Well no, because now we have a female Prime Minister in charge of the Government.
    So who do you think will become the focus of all the long standing bitterness and resentment?
    Any good theory should be testable, so here’s a prediction: Even within the Labor Party itself, the anti-Julia lobby should, on average, be older, whiter and maler than the pro-Julia lobby. Someone clever might be able to work it out for me!

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    iggy648

    Couldn’t wait. Since the “fabulous non-coup” I figured it out for myself. There is no significant difference between the average ages of the pro and anti Julia lobbies, nor in the average “whiteness”. However, the proportion of females in the anti lobby is 11.1%, while the proportion in the pro lobby is 35.2% according to my reckoning. So it seems to be all about gender. But you knew that anyway, didn’t you!

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    katie

    Christopher that is very well put – please write a letter to the SMH/ Age etc (edited somehow as they do have a word limit)

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Ana

    Thanks Christopher, 10/10 !!!

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    commonsensegirlonline

    Anyone with just an ounce of commonsense should be able to see that the fiasco in Canberra last week by MEN (no problems from any of the women – they kept their counsel intelligently as usual and without egos getting in the way) can see we have a very strong leader in Julia. By this time, most men would have thrown their hands up in the air (as Ted Ballieu did recently here in Victoria), and said “I’ve had enough of this crap!” and departed quietly.

    But Julia being the intelligent, feisty, determined, insightful, committed woman that she is, has held firm in spite of everything that has been thrown at her, not only from within her own party but especially from MSM. What a woman! We should be so proud that she has managed to keep her cool, her poise, her sense of humor and applaud her knowing that when the going gets tough, she’s not going to exit and leave us high and dry.

    Suffice to say, the other bloke has given no hint of how he would fare under such circumstances because all he can do is sneer, get his facts wrong and make an ass of himself at every turn. The thought of this man representing me on the world stage, fair turns my stomach!

    I am appalled that male members of the Labor Party would behave like total morons, ruin a day that meant so much to grieving women, and fail to see what a true treasure in their leader they have staring them in the face.

    Whatever it takes, we need to get the message out past the biased journalists and into the silent majority’s minds – the alternative to a Labor Govt after Sept 14 is really frightening on so many levels.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Janet G

    “God knows what would have happened if there actually had been a leadership spill. Perhaps there would have been a full blown re-enactment, with the press gallery popping on costumes and acting out the various ministerial roles and Laurie Oakes narrating.” LMAO CLASSIC, CORINNE!

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    katie

    @iggy648
    Interesting stats. I also was curious about the “old men” thing and had checked a bit – Mark Dreyfus for instance is a bit older than Rudd acc to Wiki. But when you say “no significant difference” have you actually done a stat test? If so was it on genders combined or on men only? I’d expect older women (like me and my friends) more likely than older men to support Gillard. There’s a thesis in it!

    • Reply March 26, 2013

      iggy648

      On ages, just a t test on the difference between the means of the two groups. I couldn’t actually figure out how to test whiteness, so I couldn’t really compare. On maleness, I really measured femaleness, and just guessed that 35% females in the supporters was significantly bigger than 11% females in the non-supporters. I just got interested because whenever I posted anywhere, females would argue a bit, then disappear, while males, especially older gents were the ones who would become abusive, then disappear.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    beaconley

    Great analysis Christopher. Echoes my experience in the blank reponse when hatred of Julia is questioned. But where are the progressive thinkers in the mainstream media? Are they unable to have their writing published, or have they given up? Thank god for Hoopla!

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Christopher

    Hi Robyn, I have been considering some sort of Facebook essay myself and it was Corinne this morning who motivated me to make a start. So please use whatever bits you like :-)

    Iggy648, you almost made me feel a bit sad and sorry for old white guys :-) Sounds like it will be hard to change their attitudes but maybe we can at least inspire everyone else to look elsewhere for information and opinion!

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Nel Matheson

    Oh Corinne, thank you so much for putting my frustration and anger into beautiful words! I was totally gob-smacked that this occurred, totally angry that the apology to grieving women was overshadowed by the thoughtless, stupid behaviour of men (once again!) and amazed by the media obsession with the whole circus.
    When are men in parliament and a great many Australians going to accept the fact that women can be strong, be great leaders, be pro-active politically and do the job a great deal better than most men!
    I found Leigh Sales adversarial approach to the Prime Minister and her policies quite nasty. Interviewing is one thing, but the Prime Minister had a very hard time finishing her answers before being interrupted by another diatribe! Hopeless!

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Judy

    Bravo Corinne; bravo Christopher. What we really need to do, everyone, is work out how to find all the different communities who are online. Every single one of them has something to lose if Labor goes. For example, the NBN: especially affects techies, farmers, businesses, hospitals and doctors, schools….

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    froggy

    Thanks Corinne, reading your piece was like going to the sea side and breathing some fresh air.
    I have loved the ABC and THE AGE for a very long time.
    The main reason is because I have a certain amount of trust in them to be unbiased. But lately, on Q&A, Lateline, and the 7.30 report, the tone when interviewing anyone from the Labor side has been ever so slightly mocking/scoffing. The AGE too seems to be wavering and blinking, caught in the poll headlights.
    A plea from an old man…Please Age and ABC, be careful.. I need you!

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Dasha

    Incompetence of Gillard Labor’s governance in the last 3 years has been one big comedy.

    All aspirational, budding comedians would be easily thriving in these materials.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Marilyn'75anyone?

    Well done Corinne. You are the only person to make some sense out of this whole sorry mess!
    Go Girrl! You have nailed it…. All I can see are a bunch of power hungry MALES making absolute idiots of themselves, and the press like a collapsed soufflé. All their salivating over the Ruddster has come to NOTHING. Why can’t they just GET OVER it . How dare the media fail to give coverage to a momentous apology to adoptive mums. I was absolutely disgusted . Keep up the spot on commentary. You have a gift, use it!!

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    sue

    To think that PM Gillard has had to put up with those blokes in the Cabinet. Such disloyalty to their leader, govt and nation. I hope they each find that due to ‘family commitments” they find they should retire at the next election and the party finds some younger, enthusiastic and committed candidates,

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Erin

    I’d suggest you stick with comedy Corinne, but you haven’t proven to be overly successful at that either. For the record, we didn’t ditch Rudd. Gillard knifed him. Personally I don’t put much stock in either of them. Kind of like multiplying zeros really. But as always, the Gillard apologists would have us all believe it was no big thing that happened last week. Of course not. The PM of our country is almost rolled by the members of her own party and after the dust has settled, her party, the australian people and even the PM herself are appauled by the whole sorry affair. But sure Corinne. Do your best to sweep it aside. It hardly matters anyway because Julia and the rest of her hapless crew will be swept aside come September.

    • Reply March 26, 2013

      Rosie

      Erin: A bit like the long controversy between Costello and Howard with newspapers almost on a daily basis reminding us that Costello was lied to by Howard and would Costello make a run for the top job or not? And that went on for a couple of years. But I can clearly see you have learnt to be as nasty as the Mainstream Media and you seem to enjoy demonstrating that fact. You state “Gillard knifed him” – exactly as you tried to do to Corinne. You HAVE learnt well!

    • Reply March 26, 2013

      Sandy

      Ladies and gentlemen, may I present Erin, your typical LNP supporter. Nasty to the core. Conflates self as the speaker of all Australians and sadly lacks any sense of humour. Rock on Erin!

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Ray

    Bang on the money Corinne. Bang on the money

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Airdre

    I am totally tired of the endless vitriol spilled against our prime minister. What was Leigh Sale doing last night on the 7.30 report apart from haranguing her. Is this how the ABC interviews these days? Could we please just let the Government get on with it. Sick to death of all this carry on.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Roxane

    Erin are you paying attention? In 2010 some members of the Labor caucus ran the numbers to see if the majority still wanted Rudd to lead them. The caucus after all picks their leader not the public, we aren’t America. The final count must have been significant because when informed of the result and impending spill Rudd decided not to contest and Gillard was chosen by the majority to lead them.
    Sensing a political opportunity the Conservatives started the meme that Gillard had knifed Rudd, a meme enthusiastically supported by the Murdoch media outlets who want to destroy Labors NBN FTTH.
    As Murdoch’s media outlets control the narrative most Australians read/heard the meme. Those Australians who were exposed to the meme divided into two camps: those who accepted as truth what Murdoch told them, and those who sought other sources to test the truthfulness of the claim and found it wanting.
    You appear to belong to the first camp, I belong to the second. It appears there may be hope for you as you are here on The Hoopla getting exposure to information outside of the Murdoch bubble. That is, unless you are a Conservative astroturfer trying to spread the tentacles of Murdochs reach beyond his empire. If that’s the case don’t bother. Alternative media sites are full of people who recognise when they are being manipulated. It’s why we’re here instead of Murdoch sites.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Rachel

    Great comments! “I can’t believe the vitriole directed at Gillard, but go for your life when it comes to Abbott.” And the classic, “your typical LNP supporter, nasty to the core”. How’s that for a generalisation! Roxanne, are you listening? The disunity dispalyed by the current Labor government has made them a laughing stock worldwide. Get out of your little deluded bubble and realise that if you’re not personally privy to the private communications between politicians, then what you read in the media will be more factual than your cynical musings.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Olga

    Rosie, let me get this straight. You believe that disagreeing with Corrine’s opinion equates to overthrowing the leader you’ve pledged loyalty to? How sad for you. Using your logic, you’ve just knifed Erin in the back. Time to start thinking.

    • Reply March 26, 2013

      Rosie

      Olga – Wrong on all counts! I’ll give you a chance to catch up. Firstly, I was comparing the two similar situations as far as leaders being possibly overthrown, pointing out to Erin that the Liberal Party has had the same moments – remember? Erin’s cheap, nasty shot at Corinne’s success or otherwise as a comedian I thought was uncalled for – and that is why I drew a correlation between that and her phrase “Gillard knifed him”. Don’t feel sad for me – I don’t believe in letting bullying comments get said without explaining alternatives.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Olga

    Rosie, you did not draw a correlation, your comment was “exactly as you tried to do to Corinne. ” Please note the word “exactly”. And I believe that calling Erin ‘nasty’ is being a bully. Wouldn’t you say?

    • Reply March 26, 2013

      Rosie

      Olga: Your pedantic comments prove that you have not thoroughly read Erin’s statement nor mine. Your soul purpose is to stir shit and I will no longer respond.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Sandra Searle (@SandraSearle)

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get rid of the LNP trolls that love to hang around making stupid comments.
    Guess that would be asking too much to ask.
    Actually Corrine, I think that you just might have forgotten to add to the list of biased MSM etc., the biggest fans of the ALP. You know, the ones that know more about the workings of the party than the actual party.
    Talk about a Labor fan club.
    Hoopla is a centre to left blog site and we have the right to not want to read right wing TEA PARTY type rants.
    Corrine, god bless your sense of humour, we certainly needed a dose of that after last week.
    Guess you called it right by all of the inane comments.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Mary

    Nice one Corinne!. Only one point I have to correct you on – if you believe the far-right there is no climate change or global warming!

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Di Pearton

    Great one Corinne, LOVE your work.

    On the apology, I am no fan of PM Gillard, due to disagreements on education, equal marriage, mining tax, refugee, and poker machine policies BUT, if you have not seen this, please watch it:

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-21/gillard-delivers-apology-to-victims-of-forced-adoption/4585972

    GREAT SPEECH! I was so sad for those who should have had their day in the sun!!

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Georgie

    If only there were more like you Corinne. That’s a fantastic piece of work you’ve done – a breath of fresh air amongst the poisonous fumes coming from the mainstream media. I’ve so much appreciated you expressing your point of view …

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Lucille

    “A gum that gums for the pee of astrya”. Marn Ferson on Lateline.

    God help us when this is how our pollies speak.

    Translation
    A government that governs for the people of Australia. Martin Ferguson.

    I put this up on FB asking for a translation. Neither Aussies nor fereners understood.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Lucille

    Sorry but I have forgotten how many state leaders were deposed over the last few weeks. I think it was three all of whom were replaced by men. So I guess only women “knife”, a term Julie Bishop delights in.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    carole/m

    Well said Rosie . Olga’s a troll.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Dave

    LOL now thats funny Lucille, bang on the money!

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Joanne

    … bit of a late read for me….. depressed? God if I could use some 4 letter words here I would! The best line I read recently … LIBERAL IS THE NEW BOGAN. Full Stop. (i am not against bogans’s – I enjoy a good bogan; ) What I’m trying to say…. is what Christopher said verbatim. the Truth is the casualty in this day and age. I am really proud of My Prime Minister….Ms Gillard! I think she is such an awesome lady…. And in the face of all those stupid arseholes, she remains focused and succinct. Good one Corinne.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Riitta

    Thanks for this Corinne! Am o’seas at the moment and thought you had all gone mad back in Oz until I read this.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    Joop Mul (Ozcloggie)

    I feel better now!!! I agree with “breath of fresh air” and the reactions of all, above who cheered Corinne. We’re all being taken to be such fools, to be performed to, while they’re allocating our money.

  • Reply March 26, 2013

    carole/m

    Seems “Tones ” is a serial non reader . It’s his excuse for not knowing anything except short slogans .

  • Reply March 27, 2013

    ro.watson

    I blame Shakespeare~ for making conflict a keen dramatic tool….

  • Reply March 27, 2013

    helen b

    Brilliant stuff Corinne! You’re a champion! Thankyou for all the great comments supporting Corinne’s summation of the craziness that’s been happening.

    Remember the days of the court jester??? Not that I’m suggesting you be a court jester Corinne! But, wouldn’t it be great if we had someone in parliament giving the humorous ‘take’ on all the events! NO…NOT a journalist, unless they have a strong streak of comedian running through them.

    The Court Jester carried an inner wisdom along with the comic. We’ve heard of ‘artist in residence’. Methinks we have too many b…s… artists in residence in parliament and I advocate a ‘comic in residence’ for a reprieve. Way to go….some light relief!!! Please! Thankyou Corinne!

  • Reply March 27, 2013

    JR

    Well said Corinne – thankyou! So encouraging to read the majority of the comments above, I totally agree.

  • Reply March 29, 2013

    Zan

    Late to the party, but I just read this great piece. Corrine made me laugh and then want to cry. Why are the mainstream media not reporting this?

  • Reply March 29, 2013

    Freya

    Agree with the commenters here that this is the most rational and insightful analysis I have read of the ‘spill’. I also share the frustration and almost despair that such talented voices as Corinne’s are drowned out and excluded by the hysterical bigoted raging ‘debate’ the major media is fuelling.

    It is encouraging and heartening to read from like-minded others, and I’m grateful there are forums like the Hoopla to give voice to reason. It is a shame that there appears to be no way these voices can unite.

    I have to plug the Victorian Women’s Trust booklet : A Switch in Time (on their website), which addresses these very issues and suggests solutions. It has been around for a while, but needs to be promoted more.

  • Reply March 30, 2013

    koalaburger

    I am amazed at the alternate universe the MSM has created. Truth, facts and logic do not penetrate the orgy of self interested farce the greedy corporations have pushed. I have recently had a letter published in the local rag that says “What have the romans (ALP) ever done for us. ” I then listed many of the benfits. I think the Greens and ALP should push this line because it expresses the ridiculousness of the idea they haven’t been governing and exposes the opposition and 1% supporters for the rabbled rousers and scaremongers they are.

  • Reply March 30, 2013

    sue Bell

    love that idea Koalaburger

  • Reply March 30, 2013

    Rhoda

    It’s all about gender. Sticks out a mile. Males don’t like women telling them how to do anything. A woman in charge? Very new. Men have ruled the world since forever.

    Julia – just keep going. But think of those at the bottom and how they can be helped up. A society that stands on those who have no money is worthless. And the history books prove it.

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